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Letter from the Editor


Letter from the Editor

By Jared Shapiro | June 23, 2015 | People National

The latest from Jared Shapiro.

From left: Catching up with Richard LeFrak and Courtland Lantaff at the Ocean Drive April cover party at LeFrak’s 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach; celebrating the April edition of “The List,” here with Muzik’s Jason Hardi, Flo Rida, and DJ Irie; talking baseball with Marlins superstar and Ocean Drive April cover star Giancarlo Stanton at our cover party atop 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach.

Temperatures were already setting records in early spring, and it was hard not to comment on the effects of global warming. All through the town, you could hear a collective, “Wow, if it’s this hot now, imagine what it’s going to be like in the summer.” Droughts in California, snow in Detroit, and then 95 degrees and raining in Miami—weather was becoming increasingly dynamic all over the country.

And yet, as hot as it has been in South Florida already this summer, people are still coming. Not just snowbirds who arrive to escape the winter blues and stay for the next six months, but people actually coming to Miami—100 degrees in the summer or not—permanently. It’s the inspiration for our “The Great Migration” story this issue, which illustrates the massive influx of families, professionals, and skilled workers seeking a better quality of life (not to mention the absence of a state income tax). Artists, doctors, scientists, developers, and lawyers are setting down roots; we’re not just models and club kids anymore. In fact, reports show some 50,000 people are leaving New York for South Florida this year, and almost half a million are flooding into Florida from all over. To all of you, I say welcome to our beautiful state.

Of course, part of the reason South Florida has become such a vibrant destination is because of our thriving art scene. This issue, Ocean Drive is profiling Jillian Mayer, a Miamibased artist making waves on a national scale with millions of views on YouTube for her irreverent videos, shows all over the country from Toledo, Ohio, to the Guggenheim in New York, and a new project with MTV, not to mention her own showings at David Castillo Gallery here in Wynwood and her continued relationship with the nonprofit Locust Projects, which helps to foster emerging talent.

Lastly, you cannot picture summer in Miami without swimwear. Though the evolution of Swim Week continues, the excitement over new trends has buyers and swimwear fans from all over the world descending on Miami Beach this year to check out the next big thing in fashion at SwimShow at the Convention Center. Kicking things off? Ocean Drive and our gorgeous cover model, Martha Hunt, who recently was named one of Victoria’s Secret’s newest Angels. We took her to get an exclusive sneak peek of the amazing new Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, located just 50 minutes south in neighboring Nassau, Bahamas, for this issue’s sizzling cover shoot.

One thing is for sure, no matter how far south you go, temperatures, and the buzz of Miami, are still red-hot.

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